You might be eligible for some extra money if you received unemployment benefits — and paid taxes on those benefits — in 2020. Theadded a that gives you a tax break on the unemployment benefits you received. The law also included more weeks added to the , along with a and an . There’s been some confusion around how the tax break might work, but the IRS says it will handle the exemption and automatically send out refunds on tax already paid in May.
The IRS said it will automatically refund money to eligible people who had already filed their tax return before the unemployment changes went into effect.
In 2020, 23 million Americans filed for unemployment due to the, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Under the created under the CARES Act in March 2020, this included those who were laid off as well as gig workers, contractors and self-employed people who don’t normally qualify for unemployment insurance. Here’s what we know about the unemployment tax refund right now, and the details we’re still waiting to learn.
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“This new clarification from the IRS is good news for the millions of taxpayers impacted, but may still be confusing,” said Mark Steber, chief tax officer for Jackson Hewitt. “Some taxpayers may have questions as to the timing of any payment and whether it will come in a check or other form. The IRS is still providing clarification on these and other questions related to the just announced program. Once taxpayers receive their automatic payments in the coming weeks and months it may be a good idea to check in with a trusted tax pro to make sure the IRS computed their amount correctly.”
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